PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Hundreds of remains discovered at an Old City construction site earlier this year are now undergoing analysis.
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“It’s so rare that we get an opportunity to really see a cross section of society at a particular point in time,” forensic archaeologist Kimberlee Moran told Eyewitness News.
Moran is talking about the years 1707 to 1859. Hundreds of people were supposed to be moved by 1859 to a church in Southwest Philadelphia. It never happened.
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“Why were they left behind and who were they?” Moran asked.
George Leader is an archaeologist with The College of New Jersey and he’s helping Moran and the team.
“We immediately noticed that this project was going to be massive,” he said.
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